October 28th

National Pit Bull Awareness Day -

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Observed every year on October 28th, National Pit Bull Awareness Day is a specifically designated day in honor of Pit Bull dogs, a breed that has often been misinterpreted and unfairly associated with negativity. This special day places emphasis on the endearing, faithful characteristics of these unique dogs and seeks to debunk the many misconceptions about them.

The goal of this day is to encourage responsible ownership while dispelling unfounded stereotypes and replacing them with a more accurate understanding and empathy.

History of National Pit Bull Awareness Day

Founded by Bless the Bullys, a non-profit group dedicated to advocating for and educating about pit bull type dogs, National Pit Bull Awareness Day had its official launch in 2007. The primary goal was to counteract stereotypes and wrong impressions about pit bulls and their responsible caregivers.

In the beginning, the event occurred annually on the final Saturday of October. As it gained popularity and recognition, the concept expanded to encompass the entirety of October, known now as National Pit Bull Awareness Month.

This awareness day primarily serves to show the positive traits of these breed, inform the public about pit bulls history and traits, clear up myths and misconceptions, and expose their versatility as family pets and therapy dogs. Crucial to this campaign is also a strong encouragement of responsible dog ownership, irrespective of the breed.

In 2011, Jodi Preis, Bless the Bullys’ founder, initiated the National Pit Bull Awareness Campaign. This nationwide effort encourages groups, communities, and individuals to create informative and uplifting pit bull events within their own locality on the National Pit Bull Awareness Day.

After enduring several years of biased media coverage that triggered inaccurate information, stereotypes, and fear, NPBAD has provided an avenue for pit bulls and their owners to celebrate the breed and debunk the unjust reputation. It’s also an occasion to commemorate pit bulls who have suffered abuse, neglect, or misunderstanding, and to honor the countless pit bulls who have sadly lost their lives.

National Pit Bull Awareness Day Timeline

Origination of Pit Bulls

Pitbulls originated from Bulldogs and Terriers in the United Kingdom, being bred for bull-baiting and later for ratting and dog fighting.

The United Kennel Club

The United Kennel Club (UKC) was established and recognized the American Pit Bull Terrier as a breed.

Recognition by American Kennel Club

The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the breed under a new name, the Staffordshire Terrier.

Name Change

The American Kennel Club changed the breed's name to the American Staffordshire Terrier to distinguish it from the English Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Pit Bulls in Pop Culture

Pit Bulls were popularized in media, making appearances in movies and television shows such as “The Little Rascals”.

Advocacy Work

Numerous groups continue to advocate for Pit Bulls, working to improve their image and end breed-specific legislation.

Ideas to Celebrate National Pit Bull Awareness Day

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Organize a Pit Bull Parade

Invite pit bull owners and their dogs in your community for a friendly parade. The doggies can showcase their obedience training, tricks and lovable nature in a fun and casual environment.

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Host a Pit Bull Adoption Event

Partner with a local shelter or rescue group to host an adoption event. Not only could some deserving pit bulls find their forever homes, but the event can also educate people about the breed.

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Pit Bull Training Workshop

Encourage responsible pit bull ownership by arranging a training workshop with a professional dog trainer. It’s a good opportunity to get people together socially while sharing an amazingly fun and rewarding experience with their pit bulls.

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Pit Bull Picnic or Meetup

Plan a picnic or meetup at a local dog-friendly park. Apart from socializing, pit bulls and their owners can participate in athletic events, contests, and games.

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Educational Seminar

Arrange a seminar where experts can talk about pit bull breed, their needs, behavior, and misconceptions. This is a good way to spread information and dispel myths about this misunderstood breed.

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Pit Bull Photo Exhibition

Put together a photo exhibition showcasing the different faces, age levels and personalities of pit bulls. Photos can be submitted by owners or taken by a professional pet photographer.

8 Interesting Facts About Pit Bulls


Multi-talented Breed

Pit Bulls are highly versatile and have shown their prowess in various fields. They have been successful police dogs, search and rescue dogs, and even movie stars in Hollywood.


Born to Love Humans

Despite their fearsome reputation, Pit Bulls were bred for a very different reason. In the 19th Century Britain, they were used as nanny dogs to protect children due to their loyalty and protective nature.


Locking Jaws Myth

Contrary to popular belief, Pit Bulls do not have 'locking jaws'. Their powerful jaw strength is common among many other breeds too.


Life Savers

There are several documented cases of Pit Bulls saving lives. One such instance is of a Pit Bull named 'Weela' who helped save 30 people, 29 dogs, 13 horses and a cat during a flood in Southern California in 1993.


Breed Ambassadors

Pit Bulls like Sergeant Stubby and Weela have been awarded and recognized for their heroic acts, improving the breed's reputation.


Excellent Health

Pit Bulls often enjoy a very good health history and are not exceptionally prone to most diseases that afflict many breed types.


High Energy Levels

Pit Bulls are very energetic and are known for their stamina. They love physical activities and can make great jogging or hiking companions.


Known for their Smiles

Pit Bulls are known for their unique smile. They can open their mouths in a wide grin that appears as if they are smiling, which is a sign of their friendly and playful nature.

National Pit Bull Awareness Day FAQs

Next National Pit Bull Awareness Day Dates

Year Date Day
2023 October 28th Saturday
2024 October 28th Monday
2025 October 28th Tuesday
2026 October 28th Wednesday
2027 October 28th Thursday
What is the pattern? Every October 28th

National Pit Bull Awareness Day Word Search

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